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## The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Perfect Disney World Vacation (2024)

## The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Perfect Disney World Vacation (2024)

## Disney World Vacation Planning

Planning a vacation to Disney World can be an exciting but daunting task. With so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about planning your perfect Disney World vacation.

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Knowing When You’re Returning Reduces Stress

One of the biggest things I learned on my last trip to Disney World is that knowing when you’re returning can significantly reduce stress. This year, I crunched the numbers and realized that the price difference between being an Annual Passholder and buying individual tickets was minimal, especially considering all the perks that come with an Annual Pass.

Since I upgraded my tickets to an Annual Pass while I was there, I knew I would be returning more frequently in the next year. This trip was always about what my mother wanted to do, so we focused on that in the first place. However, I started to realize that I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything because I already knew when I would be back.

Disney capitalizes on this by offering bounceback offers in their rooms. They also send you postcards a month after your trip to remind you of the fun you had. They are experts in maximizing that feeling you get from a Disney trip and making sure it makes you book more trips.

While I’m not suggesting everyone go to Disney and immediately book a trip to follow, if you start to look at almost any vacation as a repeat destination, it becomes less stressful. We went to Chicago over the summer, and I didn’t feel bad about everything we couldn’t do because I knew I would be returning there eventually, even if no trip was scheduled. Disney is no different. Chances are you will be returning to Disney at some point in your life, even if it isn’t for a few years.

Focus on the trip you are on and who you are with. The hardest part of any vacation is being present for it and really taking it in.

The Weather Can Change Your Plans

This is something we talk about a lot since you never know in Florida when it’s going to rain or graduate to a thunderstorm and derail your ride plans. However, I’m referring to the heat. We were there for the Food and Wine Festival and started to realize quickly that the heat was affecting our appetite.

Now, we also had a Deluxe Dining Plan, which filled us up from the meals, but this wasn’t as big of a factor as the weather. We were too hot to be hungry. I had absolutely no desire to try anything Seafood-related when it felt like it was over 100°. We bought a few drinks in the heat, but then all I really wanted was to continually refill my water bottle.

We adjusted our schedules and realized that if we took a break later in the day and returned to Epcot around 5:00, the weather was much nicer. It was cool even! We were able to enjoy the food and drinks during the festival and really take our time.

The Deluxe Dining Plan Is Way Too Much Food

Alright, guys, I know I’ve talked about how much I love the Deluxe Dining Plan before, and I stand by that. However, if you’re there for any type of festival that has booths, such as Food and Wine, the Deluxe Plan is just silly.

We typically purchase the Deluxe Plan because we enjoy the sit-down meals more than counter service. It forces us to take a break in air conditioning. The Deluxe Plan also gives you an appetizer. The other two reasons we typically got the Deluxe Plan were that we had free dining, so it made it cost $60ish per person/per day vs. the $118 it normally is. So at that cost, it made more sense to upgrade to more food.

The other reason was that I wasn’t an Annual Passholder. You get discounts on meals and are also eligible for a Tables in Wonderland card. So if you do want to buy an appetizer or an extra meal, paying out of pocket makes sense then.

While I still might get the Deluxe Dining Plan in the future (assuming I book free dining), it will definitely not be during the Food and Wine Festival.

Every Disney Vacation Is Different

This one seems obvious, but it became more apparent to me the more I plan Disney trips. When I was planning a trip for my mother and myself, I realized our priorities were much different than when I plan a trip for my boyfriend and myself.

We care about different things and prioritize differently. Our days are laid out differently. For example, my boyfriend wakes up at 7 am no matter what, sometimes much earlier. He would prefer to get an early jump in the morning. My mother is fine sleeping in and staying up later. This changes things from what FastPasses to get and if we are eating breakfast or lunch.

Another way it can be changed is the types of rides. My mother is not a thrill ride person. She very nicely agreed to do Tower of Terror, and we did, but only once. When I go with my boyfriend, we repeatedly grab FastPasses for it if possible.

I’ve said before that you can change your trip by doing a few different things. Such as picking a different place to stay, the time of year you visit, the restaurants you eat at, or even how long you are there. More importantly, you can easily change how you experience Disney by who you go with.

A lot of people are surprised to learn how often others are willing to visit Disney. They don’t understand repeatedly going back to the same place. It’s because you have a different trip every time. And that is magical.

It’s Okay to Completely Scratch Your Plans

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten when planning a trip is that you need to remain flexible. This is sometimes easier said than done, especially if the thing you are scratching is on your bucket list. Again, knowing that you will be back definitely helps, but it is important to keep in mind.

On more than one occasion, we realized we were too tired to do what we originally planned. We opted to just go back to the hotel. Instead of pushing ourselves to do more and possibly getting frustrated, we simply realized it wasn’t the end of the world if we skipped Extra Magic Hours. Or if we didn’t eat somewhere we had originally intended. You are still in Disney. You will still have a magical time.

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Zora Zenith

Zora Zenith

Zora Zenith, a seasoned Disney Vacation Guru, has dedicated her career to crafting unforgettable Disney experiences for families and individuals alike. With an unparalleled knowledge of Disney theme parks, resorts, and attractions, she has guided countless guests through the magical world of Disney, ensuring they create memories that will last a lifetime. Zora's expertise extends to all aspects of Disney vacations, from planning itineraries to securing dining reservations and navigating the parks with ease. Her passion for Disney and her unwavering commitment to providing exceptional service have earned her a reputation as a trusted and knowledgeable source for all things Disney.